Jeff Cannon

Founder/Director/Senior Teacher, Simple Truth LLC

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Our problems are caused by our living in a 21st Century world with a neolithic body and 40,000 wiring that is simply not suited for it.

Roughly 40,000 years ago scientist agree we became human. At that point our wiring was locked into place. Designed for survival, it brought us to the top of the food chain and drove us to change the environment around us. It worked so well, that it pushed us to create the 21st Century world we now live in. However, we weren't designed to live in this world. Our 40,000 year old programming is now, in fact, holding us back from enjoying all that we have created.

However, through meditation and mindfulness, we can calm our minds and overcome our own programming. To become truly human.

What are your thoughts?

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    Oct 7 2011: If you have ever slept out in the rain without a tent or a roof, you begin to get an idea of just how miserable life can be without the myriad of inventions that have occurred over the past 10,000 years. From the smallest thing, like a handle on a coffee cup to avoid burning your hand, to the creation on a type writer to keep ideas on paper. And that doesn't even begin to account for the last forty years, let alone the last twenty.

    It is only slavery if you allow it to be. A job, technology, heating and central plumbing are all pretty wonderful things. Especially when compared to having to follow some alpha male, no matter how you detest him or his ideas. Think of a factory job, only two steps lower.

    Work has always been a part of the human condition. 300 years ago we had to wake up at two in the morning to plow a field. We had to catch fish or hunt or die. We had a choice back then. We also have a choice now. We can choose to change our lives. We can choose to quit a job and start a different track. We can choose to pursue our dreams. But to do that we need to break free from the only true slavery - and that is of our minds.
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    Oct 6 2011: The big disaster, for me, was when we got agriculture. This changed our societies in a tragic way. The production of increasing food created wealth. And some people began doing awfully boring jobs, while others managed the production and the trade. Ever since, we've been in non-human societies. We should be ants, but we're not. We're designed to hunt in packs, to be creative, constantly looking for solutions in nature. And mostly, we're evolved to live in small tribes where everybody has a real purpose, a place.
    To be truly human means living in such conditions. Our 21rst century is one of ants. People have brain-insulting jobs. This isn't right. And the trick is that people sacrifice all this for a vacation in Hawaii and for virtual reality equipment at home. Through these, we have a chance of feeling human again, but it's only an illusion. Next day, at 8 AM you're back to your ant life, wasting your brains of something a 1980's computer programm would be better at.

    I don't think we can overcome our own programming, and I don't wish to change it. I like humans as they are, I can only dream that some people try not to get anywhere near such stupid jobs, just because they think of all the comfort it'll buy them. In some places, people don't have a choice. They have no other ways to feed their families.
    This has a name : slavery.
    • Oct 7 2011: "The big disaster, for me, was when we got agriculture."

      Personally, I like having food available year around and conveniently situated so that I do not have to endlessly wander from hill to valley to find new food sources.

      Interesting how you mistake survival for slavery.
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        Oct 7 2011: I LOVE having a full stomach day and night, God knows I do. Humans seize any oportunity to have more comfort, we'd be stupid not to.
        But we can't always see the real cost of things. It's really cool to be able to intercept an asteroid aiming to destroy the bioshpere. Agriculture allows people do specialise, and eventually allows people to spend days looking into space. This might someday save us. This is survival, true.

        But let's not forget that not all of us have such an interesting job. The price for such jobs is that somewhere a guy is working is ass off in a factory, away from his family most of his living time, taking part in assembling a shoe for the astrophysicist to wear.

        The difference between survival and slavery, then?

        Both are something we do to stay alive. But slavery is doing something we're not evolved to do and not happy at doing.
        • Oct 8 2011: Everyone does not deserve an "interesting job." One has to not only prove that he or she is physically and mentally capable to do the job but has to constantly work hard to warrant employment of the job.

          I always try to include in the equation that "life is not fair" and that there is a aspect of luck to not only getting a job but keeping it. We can not control this aspect as much as, say, our education for the job

          I understand how you are trying to link the physical needs of the body to slavery but since every living creature has the choice to maintain its life, this is not slavery. In slavery one has NO personal choice and is dominated by another conscious will.